There is plenty of choice when it comes to smartphones, almost too much in fact. Chances are if you are reading this feature, however, you have at least narrowed your options down to the Apple iPhone.

So as you have discarded Android, as well as the other lesser-known options in favour of Apple, we are here to help you decide which iPhone is best for you.

Apple offers the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. With six options, the big question is which one is the one for you? Let us explain the differences to help you figure out which you should spend your cash on.

Quick summary

The iPhone 11 is the base model of the latest iPhones, offering a dual camera, aluminium build, six colour options, IP68 water and dust resistance and a processor and battery bump over last year's iPhone XR - which is still available through Apple.

The iPhone 11 Pro has the same hardware as the iPhone 11 but it offers a more premium build, a triple rear camera and an OLED display that is mobile HDR compatible. There are a few extra camera features on board compared to the iPhone 11 too.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the iPhone that has it all. The hardware and features are the same as the iPhone 11 Pro, but it offers everything in a larger package with a 6.5-inch OLED display dominating. This larger package comes at a price though, because the iPhone 11 Pro Max is the most expensive iPhone available.

The iPhone XR is a year old and the entry-level model into the Face ID iPhones with an all-screen front design and Face ID over Touch ID. It has the same build quality and waterproofing as the iPhone 8 models, but it comes in a wider colour choice with a more advanced processor, more advanced camera functions and a lot of screen for its footprint. It misses out on a couple of features compared to the iPhone 11 though.

The iPhone 8 is the cheapest and smallest iPhone available through Apple. It has Touch ID over Face ID, but it brings wireless charging, a refined glass-backed body and adds True Tone technology to the display. There is a more advanced processor compared to the iPhone 7 and it's still pretty compact, though it does miss out on the full-screen design of the 11 models.

The iPhone 8 Plus offers the same features as the iPhone 8 but in a larger format and with dual rear cameras. Like the iPhone 8, it misses out on some features compared to the iPhone 11 models but if you prefer the Touch ID design over Face ID, the iPhone 8 Plus is the most affordable dual camera and big screen iPhone available.

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Apple iPhone 11

  • Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm, 194g, IP68 water resistant
  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1792 x 828 (326ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Battery: Up to 17 hours
  • Colours: Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, White, Product(RED)
  • Price (RRP): From £729 to £879

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The Apple iPhone 11 is cheapest way to get your hands on the newest iPhone models. It takes its design ethos from last year's iPhone XR, with an aluminium frame and a coloured glass rear.

There's a dual camera on the rear - the main differentiator between this model and the iPhone 11 Pro models below - and a few extra camera features have been introduced compared to the older iPhone XR, including Night Mode and Auto Adjustments.

The iPhone 11 runs on the A13 chip, like the iPhone 11 Pro models, and it is claimed to offer a battery boost of one hour more than the iPhone XR. It offers the same size and resolution display as the iPhone XR however, meaning it sticks with LCD over OLED - and it lacks HDR too. It does have True Tone though, as well as Haptic Touch like the Pro models.

The iPhone 11 is the iPhone to buy if you want most of the latest and greatest features offered by Apple, but you don't want to pay over £1000 for the privilege.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro

  • Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm, 188g, IP68 water resistant
  • Display: 5.8-inch, 2436 x 1125 (458ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Battery: Up to 18 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Midnight Green
  • Price (RRP): From £1049 to £1399

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The Apple iPhone 11 Pro is the iPhone with all the latest and greatest technology from Apple. It's the direct replacement for the 2018 iPhone XS and it features a stainless steel frame, matte glass rear and a very premium finish with a 19:9 aspect ratio all-screen design.

An OLED screen dominates the front, rather than the LCD display of the 11, and you'll find Haptic Touch in place of 3D Touch, along with mobile HDR compatibility. True Tone technology is also present and Face ID sits at the top of the display within the notch replacing the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Like the iPhone 11, the 11 Pro has the A13 Bionic processor with neural engine, no headphone jack and it supports wireless charging and fast charging - with an 18W fast charger in the box - something the iPhone 11 doesn't offer. It also has a waterproof rating of IP68.

A triple-rear camera is present on the iPhone 11 Pro, featuring a wide-angle, ultra-wide angle and telephoto lens and the iPhone 11 Pro has the same features as the iPhone 11 in terms of camera, as well as a few extras thanks to the third lens. An upgraded 12-megapixel TrueDepth front camera is also present.

The iPhone 11 Pro is the iPhone to buy if you want everything Apple has to offer in a slightly smaller and cheaper package than the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Dimensions: 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm, 226g, IP68 water resistance
  • Display: 6.5-inch, 2688 x 1242 (458ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Battery: Up to 25 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Midnight Green
  • Price (RRP): From £1149 to £1499

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The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers everything the smaller iPhone 11 Pro does but in a larger package. It is the iPhone with the largest display, offering a 6.5-inch OLED screen on its front but within a footprint around the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus thanks to the 19:9 aspect ratio.

Aside from physical size and display size however, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has everything the iPhone 11 Pro does. This means you'll get the A13 chip, triple 12-megapixel camera on the rear, a stainless steel body, textured glass back, wireless charging, all the display technology including HDR and Haptic Touch and it also has the IP68 water resistance.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the iPhone to buy if budget isn't an issue and you're after everything Apple offers in the largest possible format.

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Apple iPhone XR

  • Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm, 194g, IP67 water resistant
  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1792 x 828 (326ppi), True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Battery: Up to 25 hours
  • Colours: White, Black, Blue, Yellow, Coral, (PRODUCT)RED
  • Price (RRP): From £629 to £679
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The iPhone XR is the cheapest way to get your hands on the latest iPhone design with the full-screen front, no Touch ID home button and Face ID, sitting between the iPhone 8 models and the iPhone 11 models in terms of price. The XR has a glass back with IP67 water and dust resistance and it comes in six colour options.

The display size increases from both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to 6.1-inches but the footprint of the XR sits in between the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It's an LCD display again but while it ditches 3D Touch, a technology available on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models, it does offer Haptic Touch, which all the iPhone 11 have also switched to. It also has True Tone technology.

The iPhone XR runs on Apple's A12 Bionic chip and its battery life is said to be 1.5 hours more than the iPhone 8 Plus. It supports wireless charging and fast charging, like the iPhone 8 models, but it doesn't have a fast charger in the box.

A single camera is present on the back of the iPhone XR, differentiating it from the more expensive iPhone 11 model. It's a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with OIS, but despite not offering the secondary telephoto sensor, the iPhone XR still has Portrait Mode with Depth Control, Smart HDR and Portrait Lighting features like the iPhone 11 models. There is also a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera on the front which allows for Face ID and Animojis.

The iPhone XR is the iPhone to buy if you want the latest Apple design with a good set of features, but you don't want to spend over £700 for the privilege.

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Apple iPhone 8

  • Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm, 148g, IP67 water resistant
  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 (326ppi), 3D Touch, True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB
  • Battery: Up to 14 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Gold, Space Grey
  • Price (RRP): From £479 to £529

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The iPhone 8 is a couple of years old now, but it retains the Touch ID fingerprint sensor for those that don't want Face ID, or don't want to pay for the privilege. It's almost identical in size to the older iPhone 7, but it's a little heavier and it trades the aluminium rear for glass.

The iPhone 8 has IP67 water and dust resistance and it adds True Tone technology to its display. The brightness, size and resolution stay the same as the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 8 runs on the A11 Bionic processor with neural engine and embedded M11 motion co-processor. It is claimed to have the same battery life as the iPhone 7 but the iPhone 8 offers wireless charging, as well as fast charging for up to 50 per cent battery in 30 minutes. The fast charger is sold separately though.

In terms of camera, the iPhone 8 offers a single 12-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.8, while the front benefits from a 7-megapixel snapper with an aperture of f/2.2. There is optical image stabilisation on the rear, along with a Quad-LED True Tone flash, and it has video recording capabilities of 4K up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps.

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus

  • Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.3mm, 202g, IP67 water resistant
  • Display: 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (401ppi), 3D Touch, True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB
  • Battery: Up to 24 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Gold, Space Grey
  • Price (RRP): From £699 to £849 

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The iPhone 8 Plus switches a metal rear for a glass rear, just like the smaller model does, moving on from the iPhone 7's design. There is no headphone jack, like there isn't on the iPhone 8, but IP67 water and dust resistance is on board. The iPhone 8 Plus offers True Tone technology to its display, like the smaller model does, with these devices being the first iPhone models to offer the technology.

The iPhone 8 Plus has the A11 Bionic processor with neural engine and embedded M11 motion co-processor, while the battery life is claimed to be 24 hours. The iPhone 8 Plus is compatible with wireless charging, along with fast charging, like the iPhone 8, but again, it doesn't have a fast charger in the box.

A dual-camera setup is on the back with two 12-megapixel cameras, one a wide-angle lens, the other a telephoto lens. There is optical image stabilisation on the normal camera, a Quad-LED True Tone flash and a 7-megapixel front facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture. For those that don't want to trade in Touch ID just yet, or those that don't have the budget to go newer, the iPhone 8 Plus is a good option if you don't mind a big device.